Definitions

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  • adj. Roman Catholic.
  • n. A Roman Catholic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A corrupt or dialectal form of papist.

Etymologies

From alteration of papist, popish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The papish corner of the web is awash in stories that the Holy Father is going to de-excommunicate the SSPX bishops practically immediately if not sooner.

    Well, it's been a quiet week here at The Inn. . . .

  • Synagogue as innocuously papish as the last phases of the Oxford movement.

    The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915

  • We know not what is meant by "papish bookes and pictures," but the Puritan Lord Say may not have discriminated sharply between them and the books and ornaments of the High Party in the Church of England.

    The Life and Times of John Wilkins Warden of Wadham college, Oxford; master of Trinity college, Cambridge; and Bishop of Chester

  • Pope is not sufficiently papish, that the King is not sufficiently royal, and that the night has too much light; it is to be discontented with alabaster, with snow, with the swan and the lily in the name of whiteness; it is to be a partisan of things to the point of becoming their enemy; it is to be so strongly for, as to be against.

    Les Misérables

  • It is to attack the sceptre in the name of the throne, and the mitre in the name of the attar; it is to ill-treat the thing which one is dragging, it is to kick over the traces; it is to cavil at the fagot on the score of the amount of cooking received by heretics; it is to reproach the idol with its small amount of idolatry; it is to insult through excess of respect; it is to discover that the Pope is not sufficiently papish, that the King is not sufficiently royal, and that the night has too much light; it is to be discontented with alabaster, with snow, with the swan and the lily in the name of whiteness; it is to be a partisan of things to the point of becoming their enemy; it is to be so strongly for, as to be against.

    Les Miserables, Volume III, Marius

  • _papish_; but I keep it to myself, and nobody's the wiser nor the worse -- they'd tear me to pieces, may be, did they suspect _the like_, but I keep never minding, and you, jewel, do the like.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 09

  • Mulligan a gentleman’s gentleman that had but come from Mr Moore’s the writer’s (that was a papish but is now, folk say, a good Williamite) chanced against Alec.

    Ulysses

  • "caused diverse popish bookes and pictures taken out of churches, and of papish houses, here and abroad, to be burned in the street over against the signe of the Starre, where his Lordship laye."

    The Life and Times of John Wilkins Warden of Wadham college, Oxford; master of Trinity college, Cambridge; and Bishop of Chester

  • Mulligan a gentleman's gentleman that had but come from Mr Moore's the writer's (that was a papish but is now, folk say,

    Ulysses

  • "I can only take him to the gates, sir; unfortunately there's no entrance there for a papish, Captain Phil; if we could only get him to turn Protestant, sir, it's himself 'ud get the warm welcome.

    Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two

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  • A couple of Papish cats is doing an Aztec two-step
    Ferlinghetti, Lawrence, A Coney Island of the Mind, 9

    October 17, 2008

  • The lodge of Diamond in Armagh the splendid behung with corpses of papishes.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 2

    December 29, 2006